BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Before gearing up for this year’s Mae Young Classic, new NXT Superstar Deonna Purrazzo sought to make an unforgettable impression in her first match on the black-and-yellow brand. Unfortunately for the highly touted Virtuosa, she had to face one of the winningest Superstars in NXT, the returning (and still un-de-feat-ed) Bianca Belair.
Purrazzo showed tremendous poise in the face of such adversity, even curtsying after getting the best of Belair in one early exchange on the mat. Not to be outdone in her return from injury, The EST of NXT used her world-class power to counter Purrazzo’s attack, and she demanded the newcomer show her respect as she pummeled Purrazzo's core and lower back.
The Virtuosa withstood the punishment and mounted a spectacular comeback, including an attempt at her specialty, the Fujiwara Armbar, but the freaky-strong Belair shoved her off into the ring post. Belair then torched Purrazzo with a Torture Rack into a facebuster to continue her streak of victories. Purrazzo’s debut might not have been a winning one, but her performance surely opened plenty of eyes. As for The EST of NXT, she’ll just continue doing what she does best, being un-de-feat-ed.